Hunt of a Lifetime benefit planned for Sept. 22-23
ST. MARYS – The Bucktail Archers Association is currently gearing up for its second biannual, and third overall, benefit event to raise funds for the Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, Inc. The group, in conjunction with the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club and Bowfishing Association of America, will be holding a variety of activities at the St. Marys Sportsmen's Club, located at 1339 Glen Hazel Rd. in St. Marys, on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23. According to the organization's website, the Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides hunting and fishing trips to individuals age 21 and under who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness."There's a lot of big sponsorship behind Hunt of a Lifetime that a child that generally gets selected to go, if they don't have the clothing, if they don't have the firearms that they use or the fishing poles that they need, generally one of the outfitters provides that to them. One adult also gets to go, with everything being paid. Airfare, meals, car rental, if needed, lodging-- everything is paid for for one adult and the child to go on the hunt. From all the information we've received, regardless if they get a trophy animal or a trophy fish, generally one of the outfitters mounts it for them and generally there's no charge for that," said Bucktail Archers President Ed Greenawalt. One of the main events on both Saturday and Sunday will be a 3D archery shoot. "We don't have all the pieces to the puzzle put together yet, and we hope to have some other events, but it's going to be a two-day shoot. Registration both days will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.," Greenawalt said. According to Greenawalt, the 3D shoot will feature 30 animal targets set up along a course that runs through the woods at the Sportsmen's Club. He also noted that the 3D shoot will also provide "a good opportunity for people to get their final practice in" before archery season begins the following week. In addition to the 3D shoot, Bowfishing Association of America representative Bill Simbeck will also be providing attendees with the opportunity to test their aim with some water targets in an effort to raise additional funds for Hunt of a Lifetime. Anyone looking for more information on the event or who would like to volunteer to help can contact Clausen at 814-834-6841, Greenawalt at 814-834-7849, or Simbeck at 814-781-8537. Additionally, anyone who is unable to attend but who would like to make a donation to Hunt of a Lifetime can contact Leah Whiteman at 814-594-1965.